Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program offers twenty young Americans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Germany. Over the course of a nine-month program, Bosch Fellows complete two work phases at leading German institutions, both customized to each fellow’s professional expertise, and attend three seminars with decision-makers from the public and private sectors, taking place across Europe. The program runs from September 1st to May 31st, although fellows may arrive as early as June to complete language training. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of €2,000, health insurance, and roundtrip travel to Germany and to Washington, D.C. for an orientation program.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be between 23 and 34 years of age at the application deadline.
  • Applicants must have at least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must have a graduate degree or equivalent training in business administration, journalism, law, public policy, international relations, or a closely related field.

No German language skills are required at time of application; however, the willingness and commitment to participate in language training based on the results of an evaluation at the selection meeting is essential. Most Bosch Fellows are required to complete four months of private tutoring in the U.S. (up to eight hours per week) and three months of intensive language training in Berlin prior to the start of the program. All language training is funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung.


Applications include:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement (max. 850 words)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official college transcripts

Ideal candidates have a Master's degree (or a JD), outstanding professional experience in one of the application fields listed above, outstanding academic records, a genuine interest in Germany and Europe, and active involvement in community affairs and/or public affairs. If the applicant does not hold a Master’s degree, at least two years of work experience in a related field is expected.


Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2018. The application form, personal statement, and resume are submitted online; the recommendations and transcripts should be mailed in hard copy. Applications are reviewed until late November and forty-four finalists will be selected to interview in New York City in January. Award recipients will be notified in early spring.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey